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April 23, 2013 > Eagle Scout recognition

Eagle Scout recognition

Submitted By Susan Tulee-Dring

On April 14, 2013 Alexander S. Dring was honored at Troop 143's Court of Honor at the Elks Lodge 2121 in Fremont as its latest Eagle Scout. He received his Eagle Scout rank on August 21, 2012, the "100th Anniversary of the first Eagle Scout Rank" awarded!

The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award available to youth members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It is recognized by the National Court of Honor through the San Francisco Bay Area Council in the Scout Troop's Court of Honor. To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, of which 12 are required. After achieving the rank of Life Scout, which immediately precedes that of Eagle, he must serve actively in a Troop leadership position for at least six months. While a Life Scout, and in working toward the rank of Eagle Scout, each young man must plan, develop and undertake a service project helpful to a religious institution, school or community. He must demonstrate, through the testimony of character references and otherwise, that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. Finally, he must appear before a Board of Review.

Alexander's Eagle Project benefited his high school, Washington High School in Fremont. His project consisted of planning and building an outdoor volleyball court, bench and installing a shade tree. The volleyball court expanded outdoor activities for students during lunchtime and will serve as a lasting asset to the school.

Alexander became the third Eagle Scout in his family, all members of Troop 143! He was joined at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor by his brothers, Chris and Matthew. Chris received his Eagle Scout award on February 17, 2005. His project included planning and building a three-tiered planter box garden for the 4th and 5th classes at his previous elementary school, Mattos Elementary to study the growth of native California plants as part of their science program. Matthew received his Eagle Scout award on December 21, 2006. His project included planning, building and placement of a light pole at the swimming pool of Washington High School. He was actively involved with both the Swim and Water Polo teams which benefit from the improved lighting during their respective seasons.

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